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You loved hugs. In your opinion, there was no greater way to express emotions than with a giant hug. Because really, there were very few occasions where a hug would be an inappropriate response.

But rather unfortunately for you, your closest friend and ally was a nation that held personal space above all else. Which really stunk for you; you could almost guarantee that Kiku would be capable of some of the best hugs in the world. But until you could actually hug him and find out, you had to satisfy yourself with the ever cheerful Toni. Not that you didn’t love Toni’s hugs, but you’d been friends with Kiku for centuries and you’d waited long enough!

So you’d recruited Toni to help you figure out a way to get Kiku to give you a hug in some shape or form. Unfortunately though, this was proving to be a lot harder to do than you’d anticipated.

“Why don’t you pretend to be really sick or injured? He might hug you out of worry.”

“No, he always knows when I’m faking.”

“What about pretending to be really scared?”

“ Nu-uh. I did that once while being legitimately scared and he just patted my back.”

“That’s no way to treat a pretty chica!”

“It was super awkward.”

“Even worse!”

You could only chuckle at Toni’s reaction. You could understand why Kiku kept his distance, even from someone who was as close to him as you. But sometimes you couldn’t help but be bothered by it.

A sigh slipped past your lips as you rested your chin in one hand. You knew that Kiku didn’t mean to be offensive when he wouldn’t allow you to touch him in any way; that was just his culture. But in your country people were very friendly and to not allow any physical contact other than the bare minimum could come across as insulting. Especially in the case of someone that was supposed to be a close friend. You understood that Kiku had different ideals than you but you’d known him for so long that sometimes you were bothered by his lack of affection for someone who was supposed to be his best friend.

It hurt to think about, but sometimes you couldn’t help but wonder if you were just an annoyance to him and that’s why he never opened up to you.

“You know, we could just bring it up directly.”

You blinked as Toni’s voice snapped you out of your thoughts.

“What do you mean?” you asked, looking over at him.

“You could just go up and ask for one,” he said with a shrug.

“But that wouldn’t work. He’d just get all flustered and find a way to escape.”

“But have you tried it?”

“Well…no.”

“Then what could it hurt?”

“…I guess.”

Toni grinned and clapped his hands before getting up and lifting you out of your seat and grabbing your wrist. “Then it’s settled. We’ll go find him and you’ll just ask for a hug!”

You groaned in fake annoyance and dug your heals into the ground to make it harder for him to carry you. Your plan backfired however when he let go of your wrist, making you fall on your butt. Before you could recover, he’d picked you up and thrown you over his shoulder. So with a sigh, you surrendered yourself to your fate.

About an hour passed and you were bored out of your mind. Toni hadn’t set you down the entire time and you were debating on whether or not you should just take a nap.

“Mr. Spain? What are you doing?”

Well it looked like you wouldn’t have to worry about being bored anymore.

“Hola, Japan! Fancy meeting you here!”

“…You’re in front of my house.”

“Oh wow! Look at that! You’re right!”

“Hey, Kiku,” you said, lifting a hand to offer a backwards wave, since you couldn’t turn around and see him.

“(Name)??”

“That would be me.”

“What are you doing?”

“Hell if I know.”

“(Name) had a question she wanted to ask you!”

You almost cringed at Toni’s sudden interjection, losing the little belief you had that this would work. Butterflies fluttered in your stomach as Toni set you down and turned you to face Kiku. Why were you freaking out so much? You were just going to ask for a hug, for cripes’ sake.

“So what did you need to ask, (Name)?”

“Uh, uh, uh, uh...” You flushed as you stuttered, something you’d never done around Kiku before. Kiku’s brow furrowed in worry as he lifted a hand to rest the back of it against your forehead, which made your blush worse.

“Are you feeling alright, (Name)? You’re not acting like yourself.”

“Can I Have A Hug?!” Your face went blank as you started mentally beating yourself for that. Why did you just blurt that out?! What was wrong with you?! You were making yourself look like a complete idiot in front of your crush and—

…Since when did you consider Kiku your crush?

Toni and Kiku could only exchange worries glances as you stood in front of them, face completely devoid of emotion. Toni stretched out a hand and waved it in front of your face. When that didn’t get a reaction, he moved that hand down to poke your side. A startled squeak leaving your lips made them both sigh in relief.

“(Name), are you sure you’re feeling alright?” Kiku asked again. You glanced at him and nodded unsurely. He caught onto that and his frown deepened. Picking up on the atmosphere, Toni slipped away, knowing you’d want privacy.

“Uh, sorry, Kiku. I’m not trying to act weird on purpose.”

“You know, if something’s wrong you can tell me. I wouldn’t be a very good best friend if I wasn’t there when you needed me.”

“Then why won’t you let me hug you?” you asked, looking up at him a little sadly. Kiku’s eyes widened slightly before a blush erupted across his cheeks. That in turn made your eyes widen since you were not expecting that sort of reaction at all.

Kiku began stuttering in an attempt to answer you. But he spoke so quietly and quickly that you could barely make anything out other than a few select words.

“Kiku, Kiku, wait. I can’t understand you. What were you saying?”

He heaved a sigh and pointedly stared at a spot off to the side to make things easier and so he wouldn’t have to look at you as he repeated himself.

“I know you must think I don’t care for you because I still keep a great distance between us despite having known you for so long. But that’s not it. Recently I’ve been feeling new things around you. And I was scared you wouldn’t return those feelings so I kept my distance to ensure that my feelings wouldn’t grow stronger. However, that doesn’t seem to be working all that well…” Kiku chanced a glance at you as his sentence drifted off and was greeted by the sight of a huge grin on your face.

“You should have said something, Kiku,” you said, trying not to giggle. “I like you too; as more than a friend.” You actually did giggle as his shoulders slumped in relief before he came forward to wrap you up in a tight embrace. A happy sigh escaped you as you cuddled into him.

“I was right. Your hugs are a million times better than Toni’s.”

“Glad I could prove you right,” he said, chuckling quietly.

The peaceful moment was ruined, however, when Toni decided to reappear and launch himself at the two of you.

“Yes! Hug therapy is exactly what you two need!”

“TONI, GET OUT OF HERE!!”
Alright so here's the next request for :iconeternalravendreamer: I'm sorry it took so long and I hope you like it!

I'll be honest, I struggled a bit with this one. Literally two Japan stories almost in a row with the same basic plot. Tough stuff. But I tried my best.

I don't own Hetalia.
You belong to :iconsexyjapanplz:
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:iconbunnygoblin:
Bunnygoblin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
TONI!
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homestucklov35 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol
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beanie502 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Hahaha Spain, great story.
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Small-Paws65 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Girl: Do u even want to be with me forever?
Boy: No
Girl: Do u even like me?
Boy: No
Girl: Would u cry if i walked away?
Boy: No
She heard enough and was hurt... She walked away with tears in her eyes
The boy grabbed her arm
Boy: Your not pretty...your beautiful
Boy: I dont want to be with u forever...I need to be with u forever
Boy: I dont like u...I love u
Boy: I wouldn't cry if u walked away......I would die if u walked away.
Boy Whispers: Plz stay with me
Girl: I will...
*Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they loves u
*Something good will happen to u at 1-4pm
*Tomorrow it could be anywhere!!!
*Get ready for the shock of your life!
*If u dont post this to 5 other comments... You will have baD luck in relationships for the next 10 years
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LailaBuscus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Toni >:(
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AnimePanther921 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Writer
Me: One second Kiku.... GET THE FUCK OVER HERE TONI!!! *Grabs Prussia's Awesome Sword that I stole from him and hunts Toni down*Foxy coming for ya! - Five Nights at Freddy's Foxy Emoticon Chasing - Five Nights at Freddy's Foxy got ya! - Five Nights at Freddy's I'M GONNA SLICE THE SHAT OUT OF YOU TOMATO BASTARD!!
ToniHUNTER :screaming: 
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JadetheKidR9 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014   General Artist
(Me) AND IF YOU SEE ME HUGGING JAPAN, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY GTFO. -takes out a brick and runs after Toni screeching like Freddy- 
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CupaholicMilo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
OH HEY MAN ITS BEEN SO LONG!!
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:iconcr8zyg8rl:
cr8zyg8rl Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Since I have seen my son, lost to this monster behind the slaughter.
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Ray711 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me: *sheepishly waves at Kiku, then proceeds to chase Toni with a lead pipe I stole from Ivan* TONI, GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, NOW!
Spain: *fans away from me*
Kiku: Werr, I got myself into this...
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:iconibrose12:
ibrose12 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
SPAIN GTFO
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:iconmoemoeiggychan:
moemoeiggychan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
dammit spain
ehehehehehehe this was too cyoot
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kurino-sama-alpha Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
aww!! thank you Kiku!!!
and if i were a country, physical contact would probably be extremely common and customary, but only between people that are close/comfortable
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Timeshiftingphoenix Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
If I was a country, hugging and other physical contact would be showing emotion, and it would be insulting to decline one or not show or give one at all!
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109144 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Loved the moments!
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JazzyLick Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
SPAIN, GTFO! I'M BUSY!
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Caty34576 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconspainplz::YES HUG THERAPY .w.
me::iconfacepalmplz:
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FanGirl08 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh Toni Face Palm Austria Free icon  Toni, Toni, Toni... What are we FanGirls ever going to do with you?
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NyanCat001 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
“I know you must think I don’t care for you because I still keep a great distance between us despite having known you for so long. But that’s not it. Recently I’ve been feeling new things around you. And I was scared you wouldn’t return those feelings so I kept my distance to ensure that my feelings wouldn’t grow stronger. However, that doesn’t seem to be working all that well…” Kiku chanced a glance at you as his sentence drifted off and was greeted by the sight of a huge grin on your face.
“You should have said something, Kiku,” you said, trying not to giggle. “I like you too; as more than a friend.” You actually did giggle as his shoulders slumped in relief before he came forward to wrap you up in a tight embrace. A happy sigh escaped you as you cuddled into him.
“I was right. Your hugs are a million times better than Toni’s.”
“Glad I could prove you right,” he said, chuckling quietly.

ME: AWWW,  SUCH A CUTE ENDING!!! :iconitalyrollplz: LET ME ROLL IN HAPPINESS PLEASE!!!~ :iconyaystrawmericaplz:

The peaceful moment was ruined, however, when Toni decided to reappear and launch himself at the two of you.
“Yes! Hug therapy is exactly what you two need!”
“TONI, GET OUT OF HERE!!”

ME:*about to turn 2P!* ...:iconangrysmileplz: GET OUT PLEASE.~
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IcyMassacre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Writer
DANG IT TONY. Way to ruin it!
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DragonSkaterofFAB Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Leave it to Toni to ruin a moment :iconblankstareplz:
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InsaneObsession Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
"But in your country people were very friendly and to not allow any physical contact other than the bare minimum could come across as insulting."

Well I live In England, and I looooooove hugs! One time I was so bored and then my friend John came up to me and halfway said hey and I just glomped him.
Why did I do that?! :iconmoeblushplz:
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Breepable17 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have some ftiends that I'be considered glomping just cuz I like hugging. What is wrong with me XD?
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Matvey-Williams Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
I find the hug therapy thing funny scene me and my friend were roleplaying she was Spain and I was Prussia. Spain glomped Prussia saying hug therapy
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Matvey-Williams Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Boom I'm stupid. I love the story I squealed so many times
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Twifairy-Noire Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student General Artist
"You're in front of my house"
"Oh wow look at that!"
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JazzyLick Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
X'DDDD
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MagicKittySparkles Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student General Artist
"ug therapy is exactly what you two need!" LoL
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MagicKittySparkles Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student General Artist
*Hug
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tenaciousNixie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
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:iconyamixsakurax:
YamixSakurax Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to bother you, but I love your icon.
It is just amazing.
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Nightcoregirl101 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
And I love your icon ^^
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Xsign-of-fireX Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"TONI, GET OUT OF HERE!!" <-- YES. WIN.
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Toranina Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Hugs!
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m00nlight101 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconfreehugplz: FREE HUGS! FREE HUGS!! FREE HUGS FOR EVERYBODY!!! :iconfreehugplz:
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DJthehedgehog1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FUCK YEAH GIMME SOME OF THOSE HUGS!
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NekoFan123 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Writer
Yay!!! Can I have a hug???
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:iconm00nlight101:
m00nlight101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But of course you can!:iconkawaiikikuplz:
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:iconnekofan123:
NekoFan123 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Writer
XD *huggles*
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EternalRavenDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG.
My crack request became so awesome.
I can't even form words right now.
asfghkjl;;hgasgfhsdgfakj *explodes from the kawaii*
:iconfreehugplz:
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bluerose269 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you liked it!
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PrayerForTheFallen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cuuuuute!!! :iconawwwplz:
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DreamingBlackLeo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Spain? Picking up on the atmosphere? :rofl:
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Vampire1122 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
This was so cute!
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Tuesdayisdoom Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh dear God, Toni, why? XD
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le-awesome-emily Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It was awesome. Don't worry, you won't disappoint anyone.

I remember reading a JapanxReader fanfic that said in Japan, if you hug someone, that means you get married to them. I'm pretty sure that's bs, but kind of a cute idea.
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Shi-Sharra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That is actually what they did in ancient Japan, now it's just considered rude or embarrassing to hug in public. I think they think that by hugging, they're showing off or something. Then again, I could be wrong!
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bluerose269 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Yeah that is a cute idea although a tad absurd. I heard that when kids play house, whoever they are "married to" is who they should end up marrying later in life. A cute idea, again but still odd.
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le-awesome-emily Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aww. If only they had cute stuff like that in America.
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